Dallas Area Again Tops in Growth
By: Jill Cowan, Dallas Morning News
Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: The Dallas area leads the nation in job growth, according to newly released data. This time, it was the Bureau of Labor Statistics with its December national employment numbers. The Dallas-Plano-Irving division of the DallasFort Worth metro area added 95,300 nonfarm jobs between December 2015 and the end of last year. That number trailed only the New York-New Jersey CityWhite Plains statistic: 100,400 jobs over the year. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale rounded out the top three after Dallas, adding 58,600.
But Dallas’ 3.9 percent job growth led the nation’s most populous areas. New York’s job growth came in at less than half that: 1.5 percent. Meanwhile, the Fort Worth-Arlington division added 18,200 jobs over the year, for 1.8 percent job growth.